Police Block Lukwago City Cleaning Campaign

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However police spokesperson Onyango Patrick says police will not allow the planned city clean-up. He says the group is using the clean-up exercise as a veil to stage city demonstrations and cause chaos. He also says the police are keeping the city secure for the visiting East-African Community Presidents who are attending the EAC summit in Kampala today.

Police continue to maintain heavy deployment at the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s residence in Wakaligga, a city suburb.
 
Three police pickups and anti-riot police men are stationed outside Lukwago’s gate. Lukwago was slated to carry out a cleaning campaign in the city today together with opposition MP’s and activists in a move to counter an earlier announcement by the Executive Director Jennifer Musisi to shut down the technical services of the city.
 
However police spokesperson Onyango Patrick says police will not allow the planned city clean-up. He says the group is using the clean-up exercise as a veil to stage city demonstrations and cause chaos. He also says the police are keeping the city secure for the visiting East-African Community Presidents who are attending the EAC summit in Kampala today.
 
When URN contacted Lukwago, he said he had no intentions of demonstrating, he said the clean-up campaign is among the various activities he is carrying out to help deliver a service that has currently been withheld by KCCA’s executive director Jennifer Musisi’s directive to shut down the technical wing of KCCA. He however said he will not confront the police and will only move when they finally allow him to move.
 
On Thursday, KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi told the press that KCCA’s technical wng was to be closed due to what she termed as ‘protracted politicking’ by the politicians in KCCA. Among other reasons, Musisi also said that KCCA staffs were insecure due to the politicking at the city hall. However, Kampala Minsiter Frank Tumwebaze has ordered that the technical wing of the city be re-opened.
 
As part of the shut-down, over 1000 workers of the authority were to withdraw their services which included the sweeping of the city, law enforcement on the streets and garbage collecting.
 
The shutdown has however attracted criticism from Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi.  Kaweesi says that police have fully deployed to provide security for the KCCA staff at all times and that they had assigned police escorts to the Authority directors.
 
The impasse on the political leadership of Kampala continues to draw more attention after government presser yesterday addressed by the Attorney General Peter Nyombi  and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi announced that they do not recognise Lukwago as the Lord Mayor despite a court ruling maintaining him as the Lord Mayor till a judicial review is carried out. 
 
Minister for the Presidency and Kampala Frank Tumwebaze instructed that KCCA resumes operations.